Summertime” is the famous aria, composed in 1934, which opens George Gershwin’s opera, Porgy and Bess. It’s sung by Clara as a lullaby to her baby, though it’s later reprised by Bess. Though it was intended as an operatic number, it was quickly embraced by jazz singers. My favorite version of it, however, is the Janis Joplin/Big Brother and the Holding Company recording which was released on their Cheap Thrills album in 1968.
When I hear "Summertime",I immediately think of hot and sweaty days at the beach. The sun, water and sand come together to create a playground for both young and old. People's inhibitions fade away once they are at the beach.Some hibernate in the shade; others bake lobster-red in the bright sun; and those with more energy than sense do laps in the sea.